Mesa Water Hosts the Institute for Conservation Research and Education’s Virtual Poster Symposium for Local Students

Students with their professor

Photo taken prior to covid-19.

COSTA MESA, Calif.; June 5, 2020Mesa Water District (Mesa Water®) is pleased to sponsor the Institute for Conservation Research and Education’s (ICRE) 2019-2020 high school field research program. This year’s research will cumulate with a Virtual Symposium Poster Presentation on June 11, with video presentations from each student group summarizing their research. The event includes students from Costa Mesa, Estancia, and Huntington Beach High Schools who will present their field data and conclusions from their research through the ICRE Ecological Field Studies Program, which teaches students about the environment and water resources.

“Mesa Water District is delighted to support this year’s ICRE Field Work program,” says Marice H. DePasquale, Mesa Water Board Vice President. “During these challenging and unprecedented times, this celebration of the students’ hard work throughout the year is more important than ever. This program provides students with the unique opportunity to conduct real-world research and draw conclusions about how ecological concepts are at work in our local environment.”

A panel of expert environmentalists will review and provide feedback on the students’ video presentations, featuring their final research results.

A community partner, the ICRE is dedicated to environmental research and conservation. The organization aims to conserve and restore habitat used by native wildlife through community involvement, outreach, and education.

In addition to its partnership with ICRE, throughout the year Mesa Water supports several student water and science education programs. This includes, but is not limited to, providing water education assemblies for local fifth-graders; participation in the Children’s Water Education Festival, where Mesa Water hosts educational sessions in partnership with Discovery Science Foundation; and supporting Costa Mesa High School students with Solar Cup, where students apply math and physics skills, while learning about water resources and alternative energy development.

About Mesa Water

Founded on January 1, 1960, and governed by a publicly-elected, five-member Board of Directors, Mesa Water is an independent special district that provides water service to 110,000 residents in an 18-square-mile service area that includes most of Costa Mesa, a portion of Newport Beach, and John Wayne Airport. Mesa Water provides 100 percent local reliable groundwater to its customers due to the Mesa Water Reliability Facility. Visit, follow @MesaWater on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, email, or call 949.631.1200 to learn more.